7 minute readFinmeccanica brings wide product line to DefExpo

Company Statement

AgustaWestland

AgustaWestland has been present in India since 1970 and, during that time, has successfully delivered helicopters for both military and commercial markets. In 2010, the company was awarded the tender to supply 12 AW101 helicopters to the Indian Air Force for government transport duties.

Looking at the Indian Armed Forces present and future needs, AgustaWestland is able to meet the requirements for both land and sea missions, proposing models such as the AW119, AW109 LUH, AW139, NH90 and AW101. Furthermore, orders for over 50 AgustaWestland commercial aircraft have been placed In India in the last six years including the single-engine AW119 and twin-engine AW109 Power, GrandNew and AW139 helicopters.

Finally, with a growing fleet and an ever increasing order book, AgustaWestland has expanded its service network in India and is able to guarantee greater levels of support and maintenance to its local customers.

In March 2012 Indian Rotorcraft Limited, a joint venture between AgustaWestland and Tata Sons, began construction on a new helicopter production facility in Hyderabad which will be completed in mid-2013, marking a new development in the Indian aerospace industry. At DefExpo, Agustawestland will be exhibiting its range of modern military helicopters including the AW101, the AW119Ke, the AW109LUH, the AW139 Coast Guard, the naval version of the NH90.

Alenia Aermacchi

The aeronautics sector also offers good prospects for Alenia Aermacchi – on 1 January 2012 Alenia Aeronautica and Aermacchi become Alenia Aermacchi – currently keeping a close eye on the requirements expressed by the Indian Air Force for a tactical transport aircraft and by the Indian Coast Guard to update its fleet of maritime patrol aircraft.

The C-27J, tactical transport aircraft manufactured by Alenia Aermacchi, with its special characteristics (multi-function and take-off and landing capabilities from and on semi-prepared runways), represents an excellent solution for the Indian Air Force’s requirements. The C-27J is capable of performing many missions such as the transport of troops, goods and medicines, MEDEVAC (Medical Evacuation), airdrop operations, search and rescue (SAR), logistical supply, humanitarian assistance, fire fighting and missions in support of homeland security.

Alenia Aermacchi is also very interested in the requirement expressed by the Indian Coast Guard for a new medium-range aircraft for maritime patrol. For this role, Alenia is proposing the ATR 72 MP, an excellent fit for the program. The aircraft offers extremely low operational costs for all maritime patrol roles including: search and identification of surface ships, SAR missions, counter drug, piracy, smuggling, environment protection and EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone) patrol.

The ATR 72 MP can also lauch paratroopers and perform cargo transport and humanitarian and health evacuation roles. With proper configuration implementation and with the integration of specific sensors and systems, the aircraft can also fulfil the Anti-Submarine Warfare role. Alenia Aermacchi has also achieved considerable success in the country with the regional aircraft produced by ATR (an equal joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi and EADS): about 100 such aircraft are in service with the main Indian national airlines.

Alenia Aermacchi is capable of providing the market with a complete training system, optimised for the different military pilots’ training phases, including aircraft, ground-training system and integrated logistic support. The wide range of aircraft responds to each training phase: the SF-260E and the SF-260TP for the basic training, the M-345, light basic-advanced trainer and the innovative advanced trainer M-346 – the most modern currently available on the market and purposefully conceived to train pilots who have to fly on latest-generation military aircraft, able to meet the requirements of the most sophisticated Air Forces.

Alenia Aermacchi is also active in the fast growing field of Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) for the civil and defense markets, with an extensive range of proprietary dual-use technologies matured through demonstrators and research programmes, enabling the development of a new MALE (Medium Altitude Long Endurance) UAS product, certifiable, full-redundant, all-composite, with flexible payload capacity, available in the short-term as a starting point to satisfy the peculiar needs of any customer. At DefExpo, Alenia Aermacchi will be exhibiting the models of the C-27J, the ATR 72 MP and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies offers its Indian customers ultra-rugged computing, night-vision systems and display solutions for data presentation, situational awareness and command and control decision-making; solutions that can operate efficiently even in critical operational theatres.

Rugged computers, such as the Military Rugged Tablet (MRT) are battle-proven, ensuring warfighters have digital technology they can count on – even in the most extreme conditions. At DefExpo, DRS Technologies will be exhibiting the JV5 Vehicle Computer and Display System, Military Rugged Tablet PC, ARMOR X10 Rugged Tablet PC, ARMOR X7 Rugged Tablet, Driver’s Vision Enhancer, Scorpion H2 Handheld Computer. With SELEX Galileo India Private Limited, SELEX Galileo has expanded its footprint in India.

At DefExpo, the company will be exhibiting its Electronic Warfare (EW) products such as the Aircraft Gateway Processor (AGP) which is now part of the standard fit on the Apache AH-64, the next-generation ELINT system SAGE to meet the needs of India’s Rustom-2 MALE UAS and the SEER Radar Warning Receiver which is the perfect fit for India’s Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer.

Additionally, SELEX Galileo will be celebrating the success of their Mirach 100/5 aerial target drone, which is currently under order by the DRDO. Also on show will be SELEX Galileo’s latest Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) systems, including the Seaspray family of surveillance radars and the PicoSAR Synthetic Aperture Radar. SELEX Galileo will also be displaying elements of their Airborne Tactical Observation and Surveillance (ATOS) avionic suite which, mated with the Company’s Seaspray radar technology, is currently focused on a number of Indian competitions. A range of modern Electro-Optic (EO) cameras and fire control systems will also be on display.

Oto Melara

Oto Melara is already the market leader in India with the 76/62 Super Rapid medium-caliber naval gun, produced under license by BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited). Today, in the naval field, the company is also promoting small caliber guns and its 127/64 light weight naval gun, with the unique Vulcano 127 extended range guided ammunition.

The land field Oto Melara portfolio includes 30 mm OWS remotely controlled turret suitable for combat vehicles (both wheeled and tracked), advanced artillery systems, Vulcano 155 mm guided ammunition and UGVs. Within the CIO Consortium Oto Melara is proposing the Centauro light tank and the Freccia Infantry combat vehicle. At DefExpo, Oto Melara will be exhibiting the 127/64 Light Weight Naval Gun Mount Mock up, the DART Ammunition, the Vulcano 127/64 Ammunition and, at the Pipapav stand, the HITFIST OWS.

WASS

WASS, which has operated in India since 1976, is implementing the A244 lightweight torpedoes upgrade and proposing the Black-Shark heavyweight torpedo for Scorpene class submarines, solutions for new generation light weight torpedoes as well as the advanced anti-torpedo countermeasure systems C303/S in partnership with BDL, and C310 for submarines and surface vessels. At DefExpo, WASS will be exhibiting the Black Shark Heavy Weight Torpedo, the A244/S Mod. 3 Light Weight Torpedo, the C310 Countermeasure system for submarines and the Black Snake. WASS will also officially present a new product with a ceremony that will take place on Thursday 29th March, at 12pm, at the Finmeccanica stand.

For Finmeccanica, India is a market of great strategic importance, where it can establish long-term partnerships involving the mutual exchange of technology and expertise. The establishment of the Group’s offices in India clearly represents the company’s increasing interest in the country and a step forward in the Group’s relations with local partners.

In over 40 years of operations in India, Finmeccanica has supported the country in many of its pioneering development projects, supplying radar and communications systems, military and civil helicopters, civil aircrafts and naval systems. The Group, which today has around 400 employees in the country, intends to consolidate its position in the highly competitive Indian market, facilitate government-to-government agreements (especially in aeronautics, electronics and defense systems) explore opportunities for collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and increase its industrial presence in India.

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